Wanda

Wanda is a female given name of uncertain origin. It could have derived from Wend, the name of a Germanic tribe.  Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning “to wander” deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning “to wind, to wrap” from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to turn). I’ve also seen it linked to Proto-Celtic…

Somerled

Somerled is a Scottish male name, the anglicized form of Old Norse Somarliðr meaning “summer traveler” or “summer passerby” made up of Old Norse elements sumar (summer) and liðr (to pass by). Somerled also seems to be a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Somarliðr Somhairle (Scottish, Irish) Sorley (Scottish, Irish)  

Doria

Doria is an English female name, likely a twist on either Dora meaning “gift” from Ancient Greek and often used as a nickname for names beginning or ending with dora (Pandora, Dorothy, Isadora, etc.), or it could be a feminine form of Dorian, which comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology,…

Wharton

Wharton comes from an English surname, originally a habitational name for someone who came from any of several places in England; the second part of the name comes from Old English tun meaning “enclosure, settlement” while the first part of the name could be from Waefer meaning “wandering” or “winding”; it could also be derived from Old…

Torin

Torin is a male given name with several possible etymologies: it’s an Irish Gaelic name meaning “chief”; it could be related to Irish toirneach meaning “thunder” or Old Irish torann meaning “noise; noise of battle; thunder; tumult); Torin could also be a contracted form of Thorfinn or Torfinn, a Scandinavian male name made up of Thor, the Norse god of thunder whose…

Beatrice

Beatrice is a female given name which comes from Latin Beatrix based on Viatrix meaning “female traveler/voyager” though the spelling was later altered to resemble beatus, which comes from Latin meaning “happy, fortunate, blessed” derived from PIE root word *dew- (to show favor, revere). Beatrice is one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Beatrix…

Eurielle

Eurielle is a female given name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could be the French form of Ancient Greek Euryale, the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including one of the Gorgons. The name means “far-roaming” or “wide-roaming” made up from Ancient Greek eurús εὐρῠ́ς (wide, broad, spacious) and álē ἄλη (wandering) or alúō ἀλύω (to wander…

Denver

Denver comes from an English surname made up from Old English Dene-fær meaning “Dane’s crossing” from Dene (Dane) which comes from Proto-Germanic *daniz (a Dane) of unknown etymology though it’s possible that it derives from PIE *dʰenh₂- (to set in motion, to flow); and fær (journey; crossing, passage) via Proto-Germanic*faraną (to go, to travel) also derived from a PIE root word. It…

Trent

Trent comes from an English surname, a locational surname for someone who lived near  any rivers with that name. Though the etymology behind it is uncertain it could be composed of Old English tri (through, across) and sant (travel, road) meaning “across travel” or “across road” though it could also have meant “traveler” or “trepasser” in…